April 1, 2023 12:02 am

Abia NOA engages the masses for increased participation in the 2023 general elections


In furtherance with the mandate of the Agency to sensitize the general public on Government policies, programmes and activities, National Orientation Agency, NOA has organized a one day Interactive programme in Umuahia, Abia State, on Continuous Voter Education towards achieving credible and violent free 2023 general elections with the theme, “Engaging the masses for increased participation in the 2023 general elections”.

Speaking during the event held at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, the Secretary to the Abia State Government, Mr. Chris Ezem called on the eligible voters to see the February 25 and March 11 elections as a way to success.

Ezem who was represented by the Director of Information, Office of the SSG, Mr. Umah Ibem reiterated the need for every voter to make themselves available for the prosperity of the election.

He described the Permanent Voter Card as the only power to elect the remarkable leaders into elective positions.

Ezem noted that electing reliable leaders will go a long way to restoring sanity as well as enhancing the quality of Nigerian political functions.

While commending the NOA for coming up with the programme, Ezem assured Abians that the State Government will ensure a hitch free electoral process in the State.

In their remarks, the former Commissioner for Women Affairs, Lady Chinedu Brown, the traditional ruler of Oriendu autonomous community, Ohuhu clan and immediate past Chairman of Umuahia North Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Philip Ajomiwe, the State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN Apostle Emmanuel Agomoh and a Special Assistant to the wife of the Abia State Governor, Mrs Nwaka Amauwa, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to allow the votes of the people count.

They also stressed the need for the INEC to do all within its power to avert manipulation of the electoral process as Nigerians are very interested in the system.

In his speech, the State Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Ike Uzochukwu who was represented by the Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, Mrs Rebecca Jim pointed out that the procedures mapped out for the election will go a long way to recording a successful and excellent election.

He called on Nigerians to help in the fight against electoral malpractices, vote buying and selling.

Contributing, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bala Mustapha represented by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Alabi Adebowale encouraged the voters to come out en masse to vote, as the security agencies in the State will ensure adequate security and success of the election.

He equally commended the NOA for organizing the event.

Earlier in her message, the NOA Abia State Director, Lady Chibuogwu Edede noted that the February 25 and March 11, 2023 elections are critical to Nigerians in many ways, considering the introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation system.

“This year’s elections should be centered on the desire of Nigerians to provide an adequate environment for credible and transparent elections in Nigeria”, Edede clearly pointed out.

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